• Speak Truth to Power

    But what, Quintus Propertius, sir,” says the old bearded fellow, wringing his hands as he tugs at the reins of the centurion’s horse, “do you have to offer us, the defeated peoples of Iberia? Let us reason this out, we and you, together. Is it right by the gods that you should impose your... Read more
  • The tale of Fr. Brochero: Gaucho priest, devil’s worst nightmare

    Vatican City, Dec 28, 2016 / 08:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If Jose Brochero doesn't sound like a Gaucho name, nothing does. Earlier this year, Pope Francis canonized Saint Brochero, a fellow countryman from Argentina also known as the “Gaucho priest.” He was beatified in Sept. 2013 by... Read more
  • The Reality of Christmas as an Antidote to Unreal Times

    At Christmas we celebrate the birth of the Word made flesh. All the Gospel writers (especially St. John) emphasize the reality of God present among us in a very tangible, physical way. This is a critical truth because one of the dangers is reducing our faith to a mere collection of ideas, setting... Read more
  • Boko Haram Remains a Threat to Christians in Nigeria and Cameroon

    Showing that the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram remains a threat, a local self-defense group saved Christians gathering to celebrate Christmas in a town in northern Cameroon. According to AllAfrica.com reports, the self-defense group saw a suspected member of Boko Haram riding a bike... Read more
  • The Perils of Utopian Overreach

    With his usual erudition, C.S. Lewis sums up an important aspect of the human condition: The Christian says, “Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there... Read more
  • Christians Arrested, Accused of Belonging to ‘Evil Cults’ in China

    Chinese authorities have begun a crackdown on "evil cults." Unfortunately, those who were arrested and accused of being cult members were Christians, the persecution watchdog group China Aid reported. The arrests were made in October and November, but the exact number of the Christians... Read more
  • How 5,000 relics found a home in a Pittsburgh chapel

    Pittsburgh, Pa., Dec 27, 2016 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nestled in a sleepy neighborhood in the hills rising over Pittsburgh lies a small chapel. Inside St. Anthony’s Chapel lies a piece from the Crown of Thorns, a tooth of St. Anthony of Padua, and more than 5,000 other verified relics, or... Read more
  • The Silence that Makes us Tremble

    Nicolas Diat: What connection do you make between silence and the sacred? Cardinal Robert Sarah: The idea of the sacred is particularly misused in the West. In countries that want to be secular – separated from religion and God – there is no longer a link to the sacred. A certain... Read more
  • A “Merciless Assault on Human Dignity”

    The archbishop of Toronto is given to deprecating himself as “just a simple country cardinal.” In my experience, though, Cardinal Thomas Collins is one of the premier leaders of the Catholic Church today. He’s a bishop of the New Evangelization who does a lot of his evangelical work retail:... Read more
  • Biblical Archaeology’s Top Ten Discoveries of 2016

    Ancient papyrus mentions Jerusalem What appears to be the oldest non-biblical Hebrew-language reference to Jerusalem was found on a small piece of papyrus recovered from antiquities robbers who said they had found it in a cave in the Judean desert. The inscription reads, “From the... Read more